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When Garry Met Donald

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

This video doesn’t require commentary, comedy, or further explanation, Save Jerseyans.

Here’s footage from a Haddon Township (Camden County) block party over the weekend. Enjoy, and may God bless America:

NJ-03: Equal Pay in a Moral Vacuum

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

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Photo credit: MacArthur for Congress

I’ve devoted a lot of digital ink to explaining why equal pay “mythology” has no place in the mainstream political discourse. Bad statistics, manipulated statistics, and culture mores exert a larger impact on gender pay inequities – to the extent they even still exist – than any species of discrimination.

But Democrats need to campaign on something, right? They sure as hell can’t run on their President’s record. So intellectual lightweights like Amiee Belgard resurrect bad arguments and try to beat their opponents over the head with them.

Here’s one exchange from Friday’s NJ-03 debate that’s particularly telling:


Booker’s Aversion to Debating is No Mystery

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Cory Booker and Rand PaulI don’t respect what he’s doing but I understand why, Save Jerseyans. Cory Booker (D-Twitter) is sitting pretty this morning with $3.5 million in the bank to this challenger’s $130,000+. He up by double-digits in the RCP average. Why risk a proverbial wayward political punch?

But even Chris Christie, who had much larger lead than Booker at this point in 2013, bothered to debate Buono twice.

Cory? He’ll debate Jeff Bell once on October 25th.


Four Debates Set in NJ-02

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Frank LobiondoThe leading political prognosticators aren’t predicting much trouble for House incumbents this cycle, Save Jerseyans, and NJ-02’s Frank LoBiondo is no exception.

That doesn’t mean we won’t have a real campaign including, as it was announced on Tuesday, four individual “forums” featuring the candidates:


MacArthur Launches

With Three Months Left, Republican Campaign Goes After Debate-Ducking Belgard with Big Online Ad Blitz

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

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At the end of June, Save Jerseyans, we talked about how strange it was that Democrat CD3 hopeful Aimee Belgard continued to duck debate challenges from her Republican opponent, Tom MacArthur, in her quest to succeed Jon Runyan and become only the second Democrat since Reconstruction to hold the seat.

Yes, well-heeled incumbents or candidates who are waaay ahead in polling have few incentives to risk giving their opponent an opportunity to get back into the game with a well-landed punch. Belgard doesn’t fit into either category. She needs that big “punch” to make a go of this thing — and quickly — before October arrives and national Democrats who’ve flirted with her candidacy get bored and turn their attention and resources to defenses.


Opinion: A Truly Wide-Open #NJSen Debate

By Charlie Barr | The Save Jersey Blog

Debate StageOn November 4, 2014, New Jersey will choose between seven candidates for United States Senate.


Yes. Seven, Save Jerseyans.

Cory Booker and Jeff Bell are the two political heavy-lifters when it comes to money and party loyalists. But the other five candidates? Not so much. I don’t believe that necessarily warrants their exclusion from a political process that should, of all things, be inclusive.


Belgard’s Click and Paste Campaign

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

belgard click and pasteIf you thought that I was being too hard on Aimee Belgard and her dumbed-down CD3 campaign, Save Jerseyans… think again.

Not only is the first term Burlington County freeholder running on nothing but name-calling at present, ducking debate challenges and refusing to engage on substance but, as the national conservative outpost Hot Air just discovered, Belgard is proving to be anything but original.

Hot Air’s Jazz Shaw discovered that Belgard was one of (at least) three House Democrats who’ve recently blasted out the same paraphrased DNC talking points, pledging to reject “Congressional perks.” And when I say paraphrased, I mean virtually identical.


MacArthur v. Lonegan Debate

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Tom MacArthur (left) and Steve Lonegan (right) are vying for the CD3 GOP nomination.

Tom MacArthur (left) and Steve Lonegan (right) are vying for the CD3 GOP nomination.

Looking for an entertaining way to get over your Hump Day, Save Jerseyans?

Philly radio host Dom Giordano is hosting a radio debate between CD3 GOP primary contenders Tom MacArthur and Steve Lonegan today (Wednesday 5/21) at 10 AM.

It’s the only scheduled debate before the June 3rd primary, and given the fact that MacArthur is currently suing the Lonegan campaign for defamation and Lonegan is calling MacArthur a “monster,” I think you can count on today’s exchange being anything but boring! Dom IS taking call-in questions, too…

Need to get caught up before the debate? Click here for links to our exclusive Save Jersey sit-down interviews with both men.

Click here to listen to the radio debate LIVE via 1210 WPHT.

MacArthur v. Lonegan Debate Set

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Tom MacArthur (left) and Steve Lonegan (right) are vying for the CD3 GOP nomination.

Tom MacArthur (left) and Steve Lonegan (right) are vying for the CD3 GOP nomination.

It’s like Christmas in May, Save Jerseyans, at least for those of us who enjoy high-stakes political combat. Don’t worry; you’re not alone. Embrace it!

I’m referring to an upcoming radio debate between CD3 contenders Tom MacArthur and Steve Lonegan scheduled for next Wednesday 5/21. The exact time and location (somewhere in CD3) are still TBD but both candidates have committed to participate.

Lonegan discussed the debate on Tuesday morning when he called into Dominic Giordano’s radio program on the Philadelphia talk station 1210 AM.


Lance vs. Larsen Debates Scheduled

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Leonard Lance (left) and David Larsen (right)

Leonard Lance (left) and David Larsen (right)

Heads up, Save Jerseyans…

The Lance for Congress campaign announced its 2014 GOP Primary debate schedule on Monday; incumbent U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ07) will face off with his 3-time primary opponent David Larsen on two separate occasions:

TUESDAY, MAY 27: Radio debate hosted by WRNJ radio (1510 AM, FM 92.7, and FM 104.7). 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information visit

WEDNESDAY, MAY 28: Debate hosted by the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce. 8 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Holiday Inn, 36 Valley Road in Clark. For more information visit

The Forgotten Flaw in the WalMart Wage Argument

A rebuttal to Slate magazine’s article: “Would Walmart’s Prices Spike If They Paid Their Employees More?”

By Jordan Rickards

WalmartWhen I was in high school there was a window that separated the administrative offices from the main hallway on which was typically posted school news and such. One day one of the teachers posted a cartoon on the window. On the left side of the cartoon was a professional athlete living in squalor, and on the right side was a teacher living in a mansion. The caption read “What people would be paid if they were paid what they were worth.” The teachers thought this was especially clever.


LD1 AC Press Debate (VIDEO)

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

In case you missed it on Monday evening, Save Jerseyans, here’s the video of last night’s AC Press debate between incumbent state Senator Jeff Van Drew (D-1) and challenger Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt (R-1):

Want more LD1 coverage?

Click here to watch my interview with Susan.

Check back here tomorrow (Wed. 10/23), too, for my interview with the LD1 GOP Assembly candidates, Kristine Gabor and Sam Fiocchi.

Who Won the Final Debate?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Christie at debateThe New Jersey 2013 gubernatorial debates are in the history books, Save Jerseyans.

Who won in your estimation?

Vote, then please explain your vote in the comments:

Who Won the Final Gubernatorial Debate? free polls 

Final #NJGov Debate (LIVE)

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Buono and ChristieDebate #1 proved to be a rough experience for Barbara Buono (BWOH’-noh), Save Jerseyans.

Will she do any better in tonight’s second and final debate opposite incumbent Governor Chris Christie?

Watch LIVE right here beginning at 8:00 p.m. EST:

Not working? Click here. You can also click here to find your local NJTV channel which is also broadcasting the debate.

Did you miss debate #1? Catch up by watching it here. We will also live tweet via

Watch Both @NJSen Debates

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Polls will close in 48 hours… did you miss either #njsen special election debate, Save Jerseyans?

Revisit both (and share your favorite moments with an undecided voter) right here at your favorite blog:

Debate #1 (October 5, 2013 @ ABC)

Debate #2 (October 9, 2013 @ Rowan University):